After seeing a Tweet by Alexander of The Players’ Aid I ordered two Ultra PRO Top Loader sheet protectors. I got two, an 18″x24″ and a 24″x34.” I used the larger one this week for some of my Buffalo Wings 2 games. There is a bit more glare than I expected but it does do a nice job of protecting the mapsheet. I also like it better than a plexiglass overlay because the mapsheet, being inside the protector, moves with it. No longer do I risk jostling the plexi and losing all the alignment. Yes, I taped the edges with Painters Tape but it sometimes was not enough.
This past week Mrs. RockyMountainNavy and I were in Target and checked the boardgame aisle. She found My First Bananagramswhich comes in a green banana pouch because it, of course, still needs to ripen! We purchased it for her students to use as a word game to supplement their classes. The game is aimed squarely at the early reading crowd with a better tile distribution of letters and even some real neat combo-letter tiles.
November proved to be a weird gaming month. Due to family visiting I actually lost out on two (2!) weekends worth of gaming!
The obvious hit game of the month was Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game which we played with our visitors. We still have not beaten this game, though we came close in a full-up four player session. I personally played a pick-up game of Bananagramsagainst the niece. Not shown her are the several Ticket to Ridegames the RockyMountainNavy Boys played with the niece and her friend. As usual, TtR served as a excellent gateway game to introduce tabletop boardgaming to a new player.
This holiday we were blessed to have my niece and nephew visit from Korea. Looking for games to play that required little English, we pulled out Ticket to Ride. The game was a huge hit. I myself played six games of the original Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride Europe, the 1910 and 1912 expansions, as well as TTR Asia. The kids played literally EVERY day; sometimes more than once! This was definitely THE HIT GAME of the holidays.
Other games that got much play included Qwirkle, Fundomino, Rush Hour, Abandon Ship, and even Bananagrams (yes, I know that one requires English but put my 4th grader up against an international college student was a bit unfair – for the international student!)
Ben along a busy summer. Did manage to get a few new games in:
First off was a fun new addition; Awful Green Things From Outer Space. This is a fun game that the kids (even Little I) were able to enjoy. Like many kids, protecting the mascot was a major objective! The production values are quite good, the game is easy to learn, and the ever-changing weapons effects ensures that no two games are ever alike. Overall, a very positive RockyMountainNavy family endorsement for this game!
Found this one at the discount bin at Barnes and Nobles. Castle Keep is a clever game but it never really caught the attention of the kids. Used as an occasional filler, but not very successful. Probably was on the deep discount table at B&N for this very reason….
More successful was Meteor Strike. Of course, being that it is LEGO it has a built-in acceptance from the younger RockyMountainNavy members. This one was played alot as a filler-game before dinner.
Another LEGO game proved very enjoyable for myself and the youngest RockyMountainNavy member. City Alarm is a simple chase game, but with LEGO it becomes a build-it-yourself adventure. Definitely need to play with the advanced rules (the jail) because the basic game is, well, just too basic for even the youngest players.
The big hit of the summer was Bananagrams. This game was played daily by the kids, sometimes as a large group and occasionally solo. Even Mom and Dad got into it (especially to help Little I against his older siblings). Can’t recommend this one enough, and can’t wait to introduce the Grandparents to the game!